Golf manager completes quadrathlon15th October, 2012 by Jenny Yu
A golf club manager has completed a gruelling quadrathlon for charity.
Challenging the perception that some people that run golf clubs are too old or immobile to participate in non-golf sports, former professional golfer Matthew Hazelden, 42, the general manager of Cottesmore Hotel Golf and Country Club in Sussex, put his body through the ultimate test.
Along with the club’s health manager, Lee Basset, he ran 16.5km, cycled 15km, rowed 8km and swam 2km in the health club. The overall distance travelled was 41.5km – just 10km shorter than the Olympics triathlon length. The feat took them both five hours to complete.
Hazelden secured nearly £500 of sponsorship for Streetgames – a charity that brings sport to the doorstep of young people in disadvantaged communities across the UK.
“I am not the fittest of individuals, and since my playing days as a professional golfer came to an end six years ago I have done very little in the way of exercise,” he said.
“But when Lee challenged and doubted me, my old competitive instincts took over and I embarked on a little training. Lee is a tri-athlete so I didn’t want to completely embarrass myself and I am delighted to have completed the challenge, although afterwards I was slightly regretting it!
“What better way to continue the feelgood factor of this unprecedented year of sport than by raising money in the process? The Streetgames charity helps disadvantaged kids get into sport and enjoy the same opportunities that many of us take for granted.”
Hazelden, took part in the 2004 Open Championship at Royal Troon and has worked as general manager of Bletchingly Golf Club in Surrey and of Hampton Court Palace Golf Club in Kingston-upon-Thames, both, like Cottesmore Hotel Golf and Country Club, part of Crown Golf.